Alfred was born in Wolverhampton on 8 July 1899, the son of Henry and Mary A. Skitt. In 1901, they were living at 2 Malthouse Lane, Portobello, Wolverhampton, along with Alfred’s sisters Emily, Harriet and Elizabeth. They were at 38 High Street, Portobello by 1911, and Alfred had gained six brothers – Harry, Arthur, Jack, Earnest, Albert and an unnamed baby boy.
Alfred had a daughter with May Corbett in 1914, Edna May, and he married May Corbett at St Anne’s Church, Willenhall, on 8 July 1917. The couple had another daughter, Ida Mary, later that year.
On 27 April 1918, Alfred enlisted in the 5th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 49799), by which date the family were living at 49 Alma Street, Willenhall, and Alfred was working as a stamper. Alfred was demobilised in November 1919, and he is remembered on the Portobello memorial as a local man who served.
The couple had a further four children – John H. (1921), Daisy (1925), Eliza M. (1930) and Alfred R. (1932). Alfred died in Wolverhampton in 1980.